Early Ecclesiastical Organisation of Scandinavia, especially Sweden

Stefan Brink

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This article addresses two vital, although very elusive and problematic, aspects of the early church in Scandinavia. One is the intermediate phase between initial Christianization (probably to be placed in the tenth and early eleventh centuries) and the later parish formation phase (in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries). The other concerns the incentive for parish formation: one still unsolved problem, for instance, is why in Scandinavia the word to be used for a ‘parish’ was sokn, an old legal word, which more or less simultaneously became the word for a ‘parish’ used all over Scandinavia (except Iceland).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedieval Christianity in the North
Subtitle of host publicationNew Studies
EditorsKirsi Salonen, Kurt Villads Jensen, Torstein Jørgensen
Place of PublicationTurnhout
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9782503540535
ISBN (Print)9782503540481
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Publication series

NameActa Scandinavica


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Brink, S. (2013). Early Ecclesiastical Organisation of Scandinavia, especially Sweden. In K. Salonen, K. V. Jensen, & T. Jørgensen (Eds.), Medieval Christianity in the North: New Studies (pp. 23-39). (Acta Scandinavica; Vol. 1). Turnhout: Brepols . https://doi.org/10.1484/M.AS-EB.1.100810